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Women’s Enterprise Scotland Appoints First Male Ambassador

Women’s Enterprise Scotland Appoints First Male Ambassador

Delighted to announce the appointment of Mark Logan, former COO of Skyscanner and technology entrepreneur and investor, as the first male ambassador for Women’s Enterprise Scotland. We are thrilled that Mark has joined our campaign and together we will work to encourage more male entrepreneurs to join the ranks and end what Mark describes as “an outright aberration.” Mark says, “The gender imbalance in enterprise and especially in the tech sector where I specialise, should be treated as an outright aberration in our society. It severely limits both individual opportunity and the country’s economic progress. In addressing that imbalance, I believe…

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Truck Files

Truck Files

I was speaking at a start up event this week and was asked what are my three key takeaways for entrepreneurs to think about as they start up and grow their businesses. In short: learn to sell, ask for help, and self care. A business with no sales is not a business (or at least it is a very precarious business)…ask for help because you simply can’t embark on this journey and be successful without some help along the way…and self-care because you need to look after you in this entire process – put your own oxygen mask on first…

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Address by President Barack Obama

Address by President Barack Obama

Well that was a pretty special evening last night…listening to President Barack Obama (once a President, always a President, I now know…) at the EIC in Edinburgh, Scotland, What an inspiration. Such gravitas, dignity and charisma. Key takeaway…politics is imperfect but we are all just doing the best that we can. As in politics, so in life in general. Nothing is ever perfect, but if we all just keep trying to do a little better than the day before, and focusing on bettering ourselves, rather then comparing ourselves to others, you know what…that will be a pretty darned good definition of…

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Fearless Girl Stands Up For Gender Balance

Fearless Girl Stands Up For Gender Balance

Great article by my friend and Women’s Enterprise Scotland board member, broadcaster Clare English… “We rarely see images of strong women standing up for themselves so the past few days have reminded us that there is a quiet strength that resides in us all ( men and women).  For women looking at Saffiyah Khan’s smiling countenance in the face of hostility or the slight bronze figure of the Fearless Girl, there’s inspiration because both women are not intimidated by a threat.  A simple  smile  can have weapons grade power, disarming the most ferocious  verbal attacks . A small girl, standing defiantly…

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The Business Case for Women’s Empowerment

The Business Case for Women’s Empowerment

“The moral case for greater gender equity is clear, and so is the economic case” Christine Lagarde, IMF On International Women’s Day 2017, I just had to share this fantastic article from Christine Lagarde, MD at the International Monetary Fund. Read on… “Over the past few decades, women around the world have been pushing boundaries on areas like educational achievement, political representation, and economic participation—yet, gender gaps remain. Globally, just 55 percent of women participate in the labor force, compared with 80 percent of men—and women are only now earning what men did a decade ago. As countries around the…

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Dream Big and Dare to Fail

Dream Big and Dare to Fail

It’s January – a new year and a new start – full of hope and promise and resolutions to do more and be better. The vast majority of people have already broken the resolutions they made to themselves on January 1st. Not me though…and before you think that sounds more than a little pompous, that’s  because I don’t start with resolutions until the day I come back to work. Too much partying still left to do (I am Scottish after all, and my birthday is on Hogmanay!). So, an hour in on the first day of  keeping my resolutions and I am doing pretty…

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Business Insider Special Report – Women in Business

Business Insider Special Report – Women in Business

Business Insider did a great report in their October edition all about Women in Business in Scotland. Here’s what I had to say in the report: “Lynne Cadenhead, a serial entrepreneur and chair of Women’s Enterprise Scotland (WES), says different people need different kinds of support at various stages in their career. The key to development is to provide what is “appropriate for a person at that point in their journey”. That said, there are widely recognised differences in how women and men handle management duties. Women tend to collaborate, which to men can come across as a sign of…

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Six Figure Boost To Help Close Gender Enterprise Gap in Scotland

Six Figure Boost To Help Close Gender Enterprise Gap in Scotland

A proud day for me this week in my role as Chair of Women’s Enterprise Scotland (WES). Two days training with our wonderful WES Ambassadors, a visit from Jamie Hepburn MSP to announce a major funding boost to help female entrepreneurs in Scotland, and a trip to Scottish Parliament to kick off our newly-founded Cross Party Group on Women in Enterprise. Only 21% of Scotland’s SMEs are majority led by women and men are twice as likely as women to start a business. But if women started up businesses at the same rate as men, we would contribute an additional £7.6…

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Top Tip – Learn To Sell

Top Tip – Learn To Sell

Learn To Sell! I am frequently asked by entrepreneurs what is the best way to fund their business. Is it through friends and family, debt, equity, crowdfunding…or something else? Well, whilst I understand that many businesses need an injection of cash to fund early development costs and fuel growth, I have to say that by far and away the best way to fund your business is through sales. Yes, the hard graft of turning the products or services that you have conceived through blood, sweat and tears, into pounds and pence. Sales is at the heart of any business – without it there…

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